-Confirmed- Blizzard OFFICIALLY announcing a game May 19th!


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StarCraft MMO blasts into orbit!

Saturday 5-May-2007

Blizzard's new sci-fi MMO is set to rock the world later this month, CVG has learned

The long-rumoured new instalment of Blizzard's massive StarCraft series is set to be unveiled later this month - and it's another massively-multiplayer online game in the style of World of Warcraft, CVG can reveal.

Well placed US sources have revealed to us that the StarCraft MMO will be unveiled at an upcoming Blizzard event on May 19 in South Korea - the epicentre of the sci-fi RTS series' rabid fandom.

http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=163207

It took a good day of calls and emails, but Blizzard just got back to us about the rumor floating around that Starcraft 2 will be announced next month during their World Wide Invitation in Seoul, South Korea.

According to a Korean website, StarCraft 2 is being developed in 3D with a new race and lots of changes for existing units. The site went on to say that additional details would be revealed during Blizzard's WWI on May 19th in Seoul.

When reached for comment today this was Blizzard's official response:

We do intend to announce a new product at the Worldwide Invitational next month in Korea, and we appreciate the enthusiasm and interest in getting an advance look at what that will be, but players will have to wait until May 19th to find out more. Also, we have a very strong connection with the characters and settings of StarCraft, and we do plan to revisit that universe at some point in the future, but we don't have anything new to announce in that regard at present.

So that's a yes on a StarCraft 2, eventually, and a yes to a product announcement next month. The only question now is are they one in the same. -Brian Crecente, from Kotaku

http://kotaku.com/gaming/luke%7C-i-just-so...onth-255518.php

UPDATE!! This is a translation to an article in japanese translated for your viewing eyes

credit for translation SOURCE

<스타크래프트2>가 5월 19일 개최되는 블리자드 월드와이드 인비테이셔널(WWI)에서 전세계 최초로 공개된다.

StarCraft 2 will be revealed for the first time to the world at Blizzard's World Wide Invitational (WWI) on May 19th.

25일 게임업계에 따르면 블리자드 엔터테인먼트 코리아(이하 블리자드 코리아)는 5월 19일 시작되는 WWI에서 <스타크래프트2>의 동영상과 게임 내용을 최초로 발표할 것으로 확인됐다. 또, <스타크래프트2> 핵심 개발자들이 현장에 참석해 질의응답 시간도 진행된다.

On the 25th, according to the game developers, it has been confirmed that Blizzard Entertainment Korea (aka Blizzard Korea) will present VODs and game content at the WWI that is starting on May 19th. Also, StarCraft 2's main developers will also attend to answer some questions.

<스타크래프트2>는 3D로 개발되고 있으며, 새로운 종족이 추가되고 기존 종족의 유닛과 특성에 많은 변화가 있을 것으로 확인됐다. 이외의 자세한 내용은 WWI에서도 일부만 공개될 것으로 보인다.

It has been confirmed that StarCraft 2 is being developed in 3D, a new race has been added and existing units' characteristics will have many changes. Additional details will only be revealed to certain parts of WWI.

블리자드는 이번 <스타크래프트2> 발표를 위해 100개가 넘는 해외 매체들을 WWI에 초청했으며, 서울 올림픽 체조경기장과 펜싱 경기장을 동시에 사용하는 단일 게임행사 최대 규모의 공간을 마련했다.

Blizzard has invited over 100 international media and has prepared both Seoul Olympic Gymnastics Stadium and Fencing Stadium for this event -- the biggest area ever for a short-term game event.

<스타크래프트2>의 발표 작업은 현재 극비리에 진행되고 있으며, 블리자드 코리아 핵심 관계자들만 정확한 내용과 상황을 알고 있는 것으로 알려졌다. 블리자드가 차기작을 발표할 때 항상 그래왔듯 ?최고의 깜짝 발표?를 선보이기 위해 5월 19일 이전에는 어떤 정보 공개나 발표도 없을 예정이다.

StarCraft 2's announcement preparation is proceeding with secrecy, and only the core group at Blizzard Korea knows the specific details and situation. As they have done in the past, Blizzard is not planning to reveal or release any details for the "best surprise announcement".

하지만 이미 블리자드 전현직 관계자를 통해 신뢰성 있는 정보가 흘러나오고 있으며, 블리자드 본사에서 근무했다가 퇴사한 북미 개발자들의 지인을 통해 <스타크래프트2>의 제작 사실과 이번 WWI에서 발표가 있을 것이라는 사실이 확인됐다.

However, trustworthy information is being leaked from previous Blizzard employees, and through an acquaintance of ex-Blizzard North employees, StarCraft 2's development and its announcement at the WWI has been confirmed.

지난 2월 28일 내한했던 마이크 모하임 블리자드 대표도 ?5월 WWI에서 깜짝 놀랄만한 발표가 있을 것?이라며 차기작 발표에 대한 암시를 준 바 있으며, 블리자드 코리아도 25일 보도자료를 통해 미공개 차기작의 발표를 예고한 상태다.

Last February 28th, Blizzard president, Mike Morhaime, has hinted that "At the WWI in May, there will be a surprise announcement" for the announcement of a sequel, Blizzard Korea has confirmed, on the 25th, an unrevealed sequel's announcement.

블리자드 코리아의 박영목 이사는 ?차기작에 관해서는 현재 답변 드릴 내용이 없다. 차기작은 19일 WWI에서 발표할 것이다. 19일 현장에 와서 확인하기 바란다?며 <스타크래프트2>가 19일날 발표될 차기작임을 확인해 달라는 요청을 거부했다.

Blizzard Korea's Park Young-Mok director said "There is not content available for answer for the sequel. The sequel will be released at the WWI on the 19th. Please confirm it at the site on the 19th" and denied the confirmation on if StarCraft 2 is indeed the sequel that is to be announced on the 19th.

MBC게임의 이상호 국장은 ?솔직히 기대 반, 걱정 반이다. 일단 2편이 e스포츠 중계에 적합한 형태가 된다면 신규 게이머도 많이 유입되고 업계도 더욱 발전할 것이다. 그러나 만일 <워크래프트 3>처럼 중계하기 쉽지 않은 형태로 나올 경우 <스타크래프트> 팬들은 2편에 몰리는데 정작 기존 리그는 하향세를 겪을 수도 있을 것이다?라며 신중한 입장을 보였다.

MBC Game's Lee Sang-Ho head said "Frankly, it's half anticipation and half worry. If SC2 is released in a form that is compatible with e-sports broadcast, there will be many new gamers and the entire industry will develop. However if it comes out in a form that is not easy to broadcast, like WarCraft 3, StarCraft fans will focus on the sequel while the original league will suffer a decline", expressing a cautious mindset.

온게임넷의 <스타크래프트> 해설자 엄재경 씨는 ?블리자드는 이미 <워크래프트 3>를 통해서 국내 게이머와 해외 게이머 간의 성향 차이를 파악했을 것이다. 때문에 보다 밸런스가 맞춰진 형태의, e스포츠를 염두에 둔 형태로 나올 것으로 기대한다. 반면, e스포츠 리그는 현재 <스타크래프트> 중심의 판도가 당장 바뀌진 않을 것으로 생각하며, <스타크래프트2>를 중심으로 한 새로운 리그가 형성되어 전체적인 시장 규모가 커질 것으로 본다. 게이머의 한 사람으로서 정말 기대된다?고 말했다.

OnGameNet's StarCraft commentator Um Jae-Kyung said "Blizzard has probably already grasped the difference between this nation's gamers and foreign gamers' difference in inclination through WarCraft 3. So I'm hoping for a more balanced structure, a structure with e-sports in mind. However, I believe that the e-sports league will continue to focus on StarCraft and a new league focusing on StarCraft 2 will form, the industry growing bigger as a result. As a gamer, I'm really looking forward to it.

올해로 3회째를 맞는 블리자드 ?월드와이드 인비테이셔널?은 5월 19일과 20일 이틀간 서울 올림픽 체조경기장과 역도 경기장에서 열리며, <워크래프트3> 래더 시즌5 아시아 지역 예선과 제1회 <월드 오브 워크래프트> 아레나 토너먼트 오프라인 지역 결선 등 다양한 e스포츠 경기 및 이벤트가 마련될 예정이다

Blizzard's WWI is on its third year and will take place from May 19th to 20th at the Seoul Olympic Gymnastics Stadium and Weight Lifting Stadium (translator's note: I thought it was fencing? o.O). Many e-sports games as well as events such as WarCraft 3 ladder season 5 Asia region preliminaries, for the first time, a World of Warcraft Arena Tournament Off-line Regional Finals will take place.

Source of TranUPDATE MORE:

Sweet River Baynes

provided this link on page 2... maybe this might be what they will announce.... who knows....

http://pc.ign.com/objects/879/879190.html79Another Another Update

http://kotaku.com/gaming/world-of-starcraf...-mmo-255852.phpmmo-255852.php

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rbet
Diablo III anyone?

A-fckin'-men.

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SweetRiverBaynes

Watch its a new expansion pack for WoW.

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LOC

It has to be one of the following being from Blizzard (obviously):

Diablo III

Starcraft II

Warcraft IV

World of Diablo/Starcraft

World of Warcraft 2

Or the long shot one: a new IP based game.

Heh. I've also been in contact with Blizzard, and they said they would get back to me later today or Monday and they would give me some information. More than likely it is the same sort of response Kotaku has :D

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Mrcookjr

Oh Gosh... I don't know what I'm more excited about. World of Diablo, (if it keeps the Diablo flavor and doesn't have you hunting demon skins for quests.) or Diablo 3!!!

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VipeNess
It has to be one of the following being from Blizzard (obviously):

Diablo III

Starcraft II

Warcraft IV

World of Diablo/Starcraft

World of Warcraft 2

Or the long shot one: a new IP based game.

Heh. I've also been in contact with Blizzard, and they said they would get back to me later today or Monday and they would give me some information. More than likely it is the same sort of response Kotaku has :D

Gitt'em LOC; Yeah, I'll have to call in too, see if I can get any information on Monday or Tuesday...

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obsolete_power

World of Warcraft: The Freezing Crusade

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Cavalyr

any one of those would be most nice...and i am here in the country to hear it..oh yeah.

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Spartan_X

World of Warcraft: The Milked Cow... :devil: :laugh: :rofl: :p

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Spookie

Starcraft 2? Meh, I though the original was a bit poo. :x

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Nightz

craftworld: starcraft meets warcraft :shifty:

i'd really like a starcraft sequel though :yes:

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Ayepecks
World of Warcraft: The Milked Cow... :devil: :laugh: :rofl: :p

Pretty much, lol

I hope it's going to be SC2, but I wouldn't jump to conclusions. All the "confirmations" aren't real.

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sin-ergy

If it's an MMORPG I'm gonna be ****ed. Down with monthly fees!!!!!!!!!

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gigapixels

SC2! I told you guys...

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Hell-In-A-Handbasket

Diablo 3 but not the D3 were all expecting,,, DIABLO ONLINE ,,MMO diablo

the ONLY mmo that could topple WoW

and i play WoW so im not a WoW hater

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spacer

I don't care what they announce. I want that game just to watch the in-game CGI movies. Blizzard has always had the most kick-ass cinematics. I can't wait to see what they'll do with an updated Diablo or Starcraft.

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+Fulcrum

thanks to all the WoW players' funding, we can get a good Starcraft sequel! Hip Hip! Hooray!

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thollian

I would say either SC2, or a new expansion for WoW....

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Yusuf M.

I think it's going to (possibly) be one of three things:

  1. StarCraft 2
  2. WarCraft IV
  3. A new Blizzard game

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Nocstar

Its gotta be Half Life 3 !!!!

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ahhell

"However, trustworthy information is being leaked from previous Blizzard employees, and through an acquaintance of ex-Blizzard North employees, StarCraft 2's development and its announcement at the WWI has been confirmed."

:rolleyes:

My friend's, brother's cousin's sister's..ect..who knows a guy that used to work at Blizzard says that it's DEFINATELY SC2.

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CrisCr0ss
*blows load*

ahaha that was too funny

*Crosses Fingers* I hope its Starcraft II Diablo III would be great but the story is pretty much dead in LOD :s and as longs at it uses Battle.Net im happy

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